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Fall and Winter Events October Through December at SOPAC

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A Very Special Solo Evening With Joan Armatrading Credit: SOPAC
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Madeline and the Bad Hat Credit: SOPAC
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October, November and December events at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange.

To purchase tickets, contact SOPAC at (973) 313-2787 or visit SOPACnow.org.

October 3: Loudon Wainwright III & Nellie McKay
See the dynamic duo! Grammy Award-winning traditional folk singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III along with songstress and Broadway actress Nellie McKay. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 8pm. $35-$55. 

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October 9: EagleMania - The Ultimate Tribute to the Eagles
EagleMania has dedicated itself to faithfully reproducing the sound of The Eagles for the past three years. Since their inception, EagleMania has been thrilling audiences all over the East Coast with their stunning five-part harmonies and their uncanny ability to emulate The Eagles note by note. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 8pm. $25-$35.

October 10: Jonatha Brooke & Patty Larkin

An evening with Jonatha Brooke and Patty Larkin promises poignant lyrics and complex harmonies within the genres of folk, rock and pop, all the while touching your heart, tickling your funny bone and delivering a message or a story in a totally authentic way. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 8pm. $35-$45.

October 11: Vienna Boys Choir 
The Vienna Boys Choir is a musical tradition that dates back over 500 years. Until 1918, the choir sang exclusively for the imperial court, at mass, at private concerts and functions, and on state occasions. Today, however, with a repertoire that includes everything from medieval to contemporary to experimental music, over 100 choristers travel the globe in four different choirs performing music to over a half million people in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

Presented by SOPAC and Seton Hall University. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 3pm. $38-$58.

October 18: Theatre in the Loft: The Impossibility of Now
A staged reading presented by Midtown Direct Rep.

In Y York’s charmingly funny and and well-observed new play, words have lost their meaning and dreams are blurring with movies for Carl, a brilliant science writer suffering memory loss and facing a life he cannot quite recall. As the new Carl woos his longtime wife, Miranda, his unexpected demeanor upends her plans for a future with the tall attractive pediatric dentist.  It’s a comedy of remembering and forgetting. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 7pm. $15.

October 29:  A Very Special Solo Evening With Joan Armatrading
This beloved singer-songwriter’s world tour will be her first as a solo performer, as well as her final major tour. In a recording career spanning 40 years, British singer-songwriter and guitarist Joan Armatrading is a three-time Grammy Award-nominee, a two-time BRIT Award-nominee, and an Ivor Novello Award recipient for Outstanding Contemporary Song Collection. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 7:30pm. $68-$95. 

November 1: David Bromberg Big Band 
With a stage full of incredible talent and no set list, the freewheeling David Bromberg Big Band concerts have become the stuff of legends. His sensitive and versatile approach to guitar-playing is steeped in the folk and blues traditions. An eclectic artist, he plays bluegrass, blues, folk, jazz, country, western, and rock and roll equally well. He is known for his quirky, humorous lyrics, and the ability to play rhythm and lead guitar at the same time. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 7:30pm. $48-$70.

November 5: Olate Dogs- Winners of America’s Got Talent

The Olate Dogs are the winners of the seventh season of America’s Got Talent, scooping up the $1,000,000 prize and headlining The Palazzo in Las Vegas. Led by Richard Olate and his son Nicholas Olate, The Olate Dogs are a high-energy, fast-paced canine theatrical act filled with amazing dog tricks, human acrobatics and lots of laughs. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 7pm. $25-$75 - VIP Package Available. 

November 7: Get the Led Out “The American Led Zeppelin”

The premiere Led Zeppelin tribute band returns to the SOPAC stage. Dubbed by the media as “The American Led Zeppelin,” Get The Led Out have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage for a live experience like you’ve never heard before. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 8pm. $35-$50. 

November 8: Theatre In the Loft: Art in the Public Eye: 3 One-Act Plays

The South Orange Performing Arts Center and The Lennie Pierro Memorial Arts Foundation present readings of three commissioned plays that explore the provocative issues that often arise around public art as part of Art in the Public Eye. Playwrights include B.V.Marshall, Mark Lowenstern, and Eddie Antar. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 3pm. $15.

November 14: Leon Russell

Leon Russell is a Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer who has been performing his gospel-infused southern boogie piano rock, blues, and country music for over 50 years. He is a music legend and perhaps the most accomplished and versatile musician in the history of rock ‘n roll. In his distinguished and unique career, he has played on, arranged, written and/or produced some of the best records in popular music. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 8pm. $38-$58. 

November 15: Theatre in the Loft: What God Hath Wrought!
A staged reading presented by Midtown Direct Rep

As an overly-dedicated Customer Service Rep, there’s no complaint Meg can’t resolve. But when an unresolved message from 1857 comes across her screen, she journeys back to the laying of the first Transatlantic telegraph cable when Ireland and the New World shared their first electronic kiss. This modern farce by John Walch, with music by Rachel Peters and directed by Shana Gold, mingles the sublime and the silly, weaving olden dances with the digital orgy of today,  as characters desperately seek connections to those they love, no matter the distance. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 3pm. $15.

November 19: Kim Russo “The Happy Medium”

Kim Russo, also known as “Kim The Happy Medium,” has been able to see the “world of spirit” since the age of nine. Kim Russo is the host of the popular TV show, “The Haunting Of…” currently airing on A&E’s Lifetime Movie network channel. This weekly one-hour series is a follow-up show to the long running series “Celebrity Ghost Stories.” In her hit #1 show, she helps famous celebrities figure out and bring closure and healing to a paranormal experience they’ve once had. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 7:30pm. $30-$45. VIP Package available. 

November 21: The Weight “Celebrating the Music of the Bank, Levon Helm Band and Rick Danko Group”

Replicating the music of The Band is a tall order. But interpreting the music of The Band is an art. Songs that have reverberated across history for decades continue to speak to millions of us. Come and “Take A Load Off.” South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 8pm. $27-$38. 

November 22: Rickie Lee Jones

Two-time Grammy Award-winner Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1978 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona over fifteen critically acclaimed albums.  A cultural phenomenon, Rolling Stone magazine put her on its cover twice in two years, and Saturday Night Live gave her an unprecedented three songs for her second appearance. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 7:30pm $48-$68.

November 28: Giants of Jazz Honoring George Cables

Join us at the 18th annual Giants of Jazz celebration! Honoree George Cables will be joined by some of the greatest names in Jazz in this star-studded night of music.

Cables has performed and recorded with some of the greatest jazz musicians of our time, including: Joe Henderson, Roy Haynes, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Sarah Vaughn, Tony Williams, Bobby Hutcherson and Dizzy Gillespie. He has emerged as a major voice in modern jazz. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange.8pm $50-$60.

December 6: American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker

American Repertory Ballet brings the beloved classic Nutcracker to the SOPAC stage with Tchaikovsky’s glittering score, spectacular costumes, stunning scenic effects, inventive choreography and a cast of approximately seventy-five performers. In this holiday ballet, the gift of a beautiful nutcracker brings young Clara astonishing dreams of battling mice, enchanted forests, and the exotic Land of Sweets. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 1pm & 5pm $25-$30.

December 12: RAEL: The Music of Genesis

RAEL-The Music of Genesis is a New York and Northern New Jersey-based tribute band that recaptures the energy and originality of the “early years” live stage performances by Genesis. RAEL pays homage to the most groundbreaking and influential band in the progressive rock genre by incorporating the musical excellence, lyrical storytelling, and theatricality that brought Genesis to a position of prominence in the rock world. RAEL:The Music of Genesis brings older listeners back to the day, while introducing progressive rock newcomers to the sights and sounds that laid the groundwork for all subsequent groups to follow such as Pink Floyd, Yes, Rush, and King Krimson to name but a few. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 8pm. $20-$30. 

December 13: Juilliard @ SOPAC: Juilliard Jazz Ensemble
The Juilliard Jazz Ensemble lights up the SOPAC stage once again with an exciting performance of swinging holiday classics. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 3pm. $25. 

December 17: Dar Williams
Dar Williams has enjoyed a remarkable career which began when Joan Baez, an early fan of her music, took her out on the road and recorded several of her songs. At the core of her work is a belief in the innate ability of people to make a better world, the product of countless observations in her travels and conversations with her fans. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 7:30pm. $30-$45. (973) 313-2787www.SOPACnow.org

December 19: Cherish the Ladies “A Celtic Christmas”Taking their name from a traditional Irish jig, Cherish the Ladies share timeless Irish traditions with audiences worldwide. In this program, the Ladies perform classic Christmas carols in their signature arrangements highlighting unique Celtic instrumentation, beautiful harmonies, and spectacular Irish step-dancing. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 8pm. $30-$40.

Kids ‘N Family Performances

October 10: Madeline and the Bad Hat

Told with gentle humor, and featuring a beautiful musical score, it is a delightful tale of enemies-become-friends and of the unbreakable bonds of friendship and family that will charm and entertain children and adults alike. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 2pm. $18. 

November 5: Olate Dogs- Winners of America’s Got Talent

The Olate Dogs are the winners of the seventh season of America’s Got Talent, scooping up the $1,000,000 prize and headlining The Palazzo in Las Vegas. Led by Richard Olate and his son Nicholas Olate, The Olate Dogs are a high-energy, fast-paced canine theatrical act filled with amazing dog tricks, human acrobatics and lots of laughs. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 7pm. $25-$75 - VIP Package Available. 

November 14: Rainbow Magic Live! Saving Fairyland

Follow best friends Rachel and Kirsty as they hunt for magical wands and trick the silly goblins to save Fairyland. Filled with fun and adventure, this musical production will travel around the world exploring the arctic, the desert, and the rainforest with lots of excitement and laughter along the way. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 2pm. $23-$28.

December 6: American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker

American Repertory Ballet brings the beloved classic Nutcracker to the SOPAC stage with Tchaikovsky’s glittering score, spectacular costumes, stunning scenic effects, inventive choreography and a cast of approximately seventy-five performers. In this holiday ballet, the gift of a beautiful nutcracker brings young Clara astonishing dreams of battling mice, enchanted forests, and the exotic Land of Sweets. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 1pm & 5pm $25-$30.

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